Wellbeing is an overarching term to describe the state of a person’s physical, psychological, emotional and social health. Wellbeing is linked to a sense of happiness and life satisfaction. ESIS respondents fared poorly across each personal wellbeing domain, and experienced significantly lower scores on the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI) (49.38) compared to the national average (75.31), by nearly 26 points. Respondent figuresremained relatively unchanged since 2015, indicating little improvement when compared to the wider Australia population.
PWI scores were especially low for individualswho were homeless (37.37) or living in temporary accommodation (42.81). For those who werehomeless, their sense of overall wellbeing was less than half (nearly 38 points lower) the national average (75.31). These results confirm that access to suitable and adequate housing is critical to a person’s sense of wellbeing, providesstability, security and permanency. Individualsand families who are homeless are deprived of these fundamentals.
Personal relationships, safety, feeling part of community and future security were four domains where the most difference was observed between our respondents when compared to the wider Australian population. A lack of social connection with others and a sense of loneliness were also reflected in respondent comments. These provide an insight into the daily experiences of many disadvantaged Australians and their children.